When Ebony Franklin‘s body was found in a Columbia Heights trash can just after Thanksgiving weekend, the horror of the crime that killed her and tragedy of her loss were deeply felt through the neighborhood.
“Still no word on Ebony Franklin’s killer,” Mariah Costello shared on Facebook just days after Franklin was found.
“I still can’t bring myself to park back there and I still keep waking up in the middle of the night. No one’s trash has moved since monday, not pulled to the curb Tuesday, seems we didn’t have the will to. No kids outside. Neighbors keep looking at each other a little more uneasily. Is it one of us? Do we know them? Are they near here? I hate what this does to us.”
Some answers came, finally, on Saturday evening, nearly six months later. Franklin’s father, Rodney McIntyre, was responsible for the 17-year-old’s death, MPD Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.
At a press conference Saturday night, Lanier said there was evidence that McIntyre had had a sexual relationship with his daughter and that she had been stabbed 17 times.
McIntyre, a 45-year-old Southeast DC man, is expected to be presented with a first degree murder while armed charge Monday in DC Superior Court.
Here’s a links roundup of coverage of the arrest yesterday.
Read more at WJLA, WUSA, WTOP, the Washington Times, DCist and in the Washington Post.